Local report

The Holmes Park House for Hospice Campaign has hit the $3 million mark in its $4 million fundraising campaign. The Holmes Park House, 217 S. Modoc Ave. in Medford, will be the first residential care facility in Southern Oregon to specialize in caring for hospice patients.

Plans are to expand the house, originally built in 1939 for Harry & David co-founder Harry Holmes, by eight patient rooms, adding to the four rooms in the main home. The house was designed by renowned Hollywood architect Paul Revere Williams, who was recently awarded the AIA’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal.

The live-in facility will provide a space for patients who prefer to be on hospice but cannot be cared for at home in their final days.

The existing house is 7,860 square feet and sits amid Holmes Park in east Medford. It is expected to serve approximately 180 patients and their families each year. Six other hospice homes currently operate in Oregon, but none are within 100 miles of Jackson or Josephine counties.

“Nearly half of those on hospice cannot die in their own homes, even though a majority want to,” Susan Hearn, executive director of Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, said in a release. “Sometimes people just don’t have the support that is needed, and that’s why this project is so important to our community. We’ll be able to offer compassionate and dignified end-of-life care to those needing it the most.”

Hearn said the hospice house is expected to open in the spring of 2018.

Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice acquired the home in 2016. The house has been recommended by the state of Oregon to be registered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which will require that the historic character of the original house remains intact.

For more about the Holmes Park House for Hospice Campaign, or to attend a community tour, see sofriendsofhospice.org or call 541-500-8911.